According to a recent study on shampoos and cleansers conducted by the Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, California, these common cosmetic products may pack more than what you’re paying for. The study found that 98 common shampoo brands contain a possible cancer-causing agent known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).
Cocamide Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA) is a harmful chemical used in shampoos and cleansers to create lather and volume.
In the state of California, Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer. This also obliges manufacturers to label the ingredients and the potential health risks they produce on their products.
Cocamide DEA is one such ingredient that has been put on that list due to the fact that it’s a possible cancer-causing agent. This chemical was banned in California a year ago after a study found that it caused cancer in study animals.
What’s most disturbing is that some major cosmetic manufacturers including Colgate Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, and Prell are using this carcinogen excessively in their popular products.
Furthermore, laboratory testing also discovered this harmful chemical in kids’ items as well, for example, a store brand bubble shower from KMart, and a cleanser/conditioner from Babies R Us. Other store brand items containing this cancer-causing agent were found at Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Kohl’s.
As the FDA allows manufacturers to use a wide array of substances in their products without labeling them as cancer-causing, consumers are even more at risk, because some of these chemicals can trigger liver failure and nervous system damage.
SIMPLE HOMEMADE NATURAL SHAMPOO
What you need:
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2/3 cup Castile soap
- 10- 15 drops of your favorite essential oil
- 2 tsp. almond or olive oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well. Also, shake well before each use.